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Golovkin has a sadistic side to him

By Dan Ambrose: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) has a sadistic side of him that few boxing fans know about. During last Saturday’s Max Kellerman Face Off episode with IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), Golovkin revealed his sadistic side when he spoke about the punishment he inflicted upon Curtis Stevens in their fight in November 2013.

According to Kellerman, Stevens had been doing a lot of talking in the build up to the Golovkin-Stevens fight, and Golovkin didn’t like it much. So instead of talking trash back to Stevens, Golovkin opted instead to punish him in the ring by giving the American fighter a methodical beating that lasted until Stevens’ corner opted to stop the fight after the 8th round.

Why this could have a bearing on Golovkin’s fight against Lemieux on Saturday is because Lemieux has been talking a lot in the build up to this fight, and it could be that Golovkin may want to punish as well.

If Golovkin isn’t upset at Lemieux, he could instead choose to get him out of there as fast as possible rather than pounding him for many rounds to give him a bad beating. We saw Golovkin give quickly dispatch Willie Monroe Jr, Matthew Macklin and Daniel Geale.

In the case of Martin Murray, Golovkin couldn’t get to him quickly because he was too busy moving and not showing any interest in standing in front of Golovkin to try and win the fight.

“I remember this fight,” Golovkin said about his fight against Curtis Stevens. “I don’t lose control. I feel him. Just, you know, I can beat him after the first time I knock him down. And for me, it’s more important to beat him, you know, like maybe punish him. Yeah, I beat him, beat him, beat him. He understands, he has best mouth. You know like, he understands, this is boxing. Please respect boxing. Respect sport. Not the street fight. You want street fight? Let’s go. I show you right now. We have time. I have 12 rounds. I show, every round. I beat him, beat him, beat him, beat him. His corner. He has to understand, he said stop, stop the fight,” Golovkin said.

Whether he’s angry or not, Golovkin will very likely look to get Lemieux out as fast as possible because he’s too big of a puncher for him to allow him to stick around in the fight for long. The last thing that Golovkin needs to do is let Lemieux stick around and possibly land one of his big left hooks to change the whole scheme of the fight.

Lemieux is going to be swinging for the fences anyway because that’s his normal style of fighting, so Golovkin can’t afford to let him hang around for a while in order to give him a pounding like he did against Stevens.

A lot of boxing fans will be watching this Saturday’s fight because it’s one of the best fights of the year thus far. Unlike the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao bout, the Golovkin-Lemieux fight promises nonstop action, and that’s likely what we’re going to be seeing.

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